Svechnikov, Mrazek help Hurricanes beat Devils 5-2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Andrei Svechnikov scored on a perfectly executed rush in the second period to push his point streak to six games and help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Friday night.

Nino Niederreiter and Warren Foegele scored first-period goals for the Hurricanes, helping Carolina play from in front nearly all night as it jostles for wild-card playoff positioning. Martin Necas and Joel Edmundson added two more in the third period for a 5-1 lead, part of a relatively smooth night for the Hurricanes in their return from a four-game road swing.

''We're in the final stretch here and we've got to put together a bunch of wins,'' said defenseman Brett Pesce, who had two assists. ''That's the start we needed.''

Petr Mrazek finished with 35 saves for Carolina after losing his previous three starts. He had four stops during an early New Jersey power play and a pair of big saves in the final minutes with the Devils holding a two-man advantage.

Sebastian Aho assisted on Svechnikov's goal, but was unable to find the back of the net, ending his six-game goal scoring streak.

Mirco Mueller scored in the first period and Joey Anderson added one in the third for the Devils, while Louis Domingue had 26 saves in a losing effort. New Jersey had won three of four coming in, including Thursday's 4-1 home win against Detroit.

Interim Devils coach Alain Nasreddine said things began to get away in the second period when the team got ''disconnected'' and ''couldn't get to our game for some reason.''

''We had chances, they really capitalized on their chances,'' Nasreddine said. ''I think the scoring chances are pretty even . but the problem with us is the scoring chances that we gave up are massive. I know it sounds old now because I've been saying it for a while, but we just have to be better.''

The Hurricanes entered this game four points back of Philadelphia for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference playoff race with two games in hand. They went ahead for good when Foegele got between the circles and slipped the puck past Domingue at 11:23 of the first.

Then Svechnikov provided the highlight midway through the second. The Hurricanes won a face-off and pushed up ice, with Svechnikov leaving a short drop pass to a trailing Aho along the left boards. He cut toward the crease as Aho zipped the puck cross-ice to Teuvo Teravainen, who sent it right to Svechnikov on the left side for an easy putaway and a 3-1 lead.

''That's a highlight-reel goal,'' Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. ''You get those every so often. Youv'e got to be careful that you don't try to do that too often because ... when those plays happen, you want to do it again and again versus just keeping a little simpler and taking the shots. But those guys have a little more, I'd say, leeway on that because they obviously have pretty high skill level.''

NOTES: Foegele's goal was his first since scoring the winning goal against Arizona on Jan. 10, ending a 12-game drought. ... Mueller's goal was his second of the season, the other coming Dec. 13 at Colorado. ... Necas' third-period goal came after Devils defenseman Damon Severson tried to knock the puck away from the crease but inadvertently put it into the net. ... Severson had his eight-game point streak snapped. ... Injured Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton sounded the pregame siren for the Hurricanes. Hamilton was selected for the NHL All-Star Game but suffered a broken left leg beforehand and missed his 10th straight game Friday.

UP NEXT:

Devils: New Jersey returns home Sunday to host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hurricanes: Carolina plays a second straight home game Sunday when the Edmonton Oilers visit Raleigh.

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123T
NJ21-26-10
1012
CAR33-21-3
2125
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Anderson RW10030/0010:351
J. Bratt LW00-200/0014:210
W. Butcher D00-200/0019:131
B. Coleman LW00031/0218:482
A. Greene D00-210/0018:400
N. Gusev RW01050/0019:500
J. Hughes C00-132/6015:170
N. Merkley RW01030/0011:252
M. Mueller D10010/0017:080
K. Palmieri RW00-150/1015:330
K. Rooney C00026/3010:460
D. Severson D00-230/0024:060
W. Simmonds RW00-110/1217:360
P. Subban D00-120/0021:002
C. White D00110/0013:100
M. Wood LW00-210/0015:320
P. Zacha LW00-235/8019:070
T. Zajac C01007/8015:570
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C01129/4018:411
R. Dzingel LW00-100/0012:473
J. Edmundson D10030/0215:431
H. Fleury D01000/0018:204
W. Foegele RW10010/0013:550
J. Gardiner D00310/0017:460
E. Haula C00316/7017:231
B. McGinn LW00-210/0013:083
M. Necas RW11222/0013:510
N. Niederreiter LW11320/0015:020
B. Pesce D02430/0222:150
J. Slavin D00010/0023:461
J. Staal C01035/5414:020
A. Svechnikov LW10140/0014:460
T. Teravainen RW01120/0019:100
L. Wallmark C00-104/5011:142
J. Williams RW00131/0011:581
T. van Riemsdyk D00020/0018:150
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
L. Domingue (L)315260.83957:56
GOALIESSA
L. Domingue (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)372350.94659:58
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)37
Nick Merkley shot on goal (Wrist shot)
NJ:GoalsShots
CAR:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NJ
      14:57GOAL Joey Anderson (Snap shot), Assist: Nick Merkley
    • CAR
      14:36GOAL Joel Edmundson (Wrist shot), Assists: Nino Niederreiter and Brett Pesce
    • CAR
      01:44GOAL Martin Necas
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CAR
      13:46GOAL Andrei Svechnikov (Tip-in shot), Assists: Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CAR
      11:23GOAL Warren Foegele (Wrist shot), Assists: Brett Pesce and Jordan Staal
    • NJ
      07:07GOAL Mirco Mueller (Wrist shot), Assists: Travis Zajac and Nikita Gusev
    • CAR
      03:43GOAL Nino Niederreiter (Slap shot), Assists: Haydn Fleury and Martin Necas
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CAR
      16:05Jordan Staal penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • CAR
      15:17Brett Pesce penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • CAR
      12:28Joel Edmundson penalty Slashing - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • NJ
      14:28Wayne Simmonds penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • NJ
      01:15Blake Coleman penalty Holding - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CAR
      01:13Jordan Staal penalty Holding - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
NJ
CAR
Shots on Goal3731
Goals in Power Play00
Faceoff Wins2127
Penalties24
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties24
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
NJ
Shots on Goal37
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins21
Penalties2
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties2
Misconducts0
123T
NJ21-26-10
1012
CAR33-21-3
2125
STARS OF THE GAME
5.4 %SHOT %16.1 %
0.839 %SAVE %0.946 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Anderson RW10030/0010:351
J. Bratt LW00-200/0014:210
W. Butcher D00-200/0019:131
B. Coleman LW00031/0218:482
A. Greene D00-210/0018:400
N. Gusev RW01050/0019:500
J. Hughes C00-132/6015:170
N. Merkley RW01030/0011:252
M. Mueller D10010/0017:080
K. Palmieri RW00-150/1015:330
K. Rooney C00026/3010:460
D. Severson D00-230/0024:060
W. Simmonds RW00-110/1217:360
P. Subban D00-120/0021:002
C. White D00110/0013:100
M. Wood LW00-210/0015:320
P. Zacha LW00-235/8019:070
T. Zajac C01007/8015:570
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C01129/4018:411
R. Dzingel LW00-100/0012:473
J. Edmundson D10030/0215:431
H. Fleury D01000/0018:204
W. Foegele RW10010/0013:550
J. Gardiner D00310/0017:460
E. Haula C00316/7017:231
B. McGinn LW00-210/0013:083
M. Necas RW11222/0013:510
N. Niederreiter LW11320/0015:020
B. Pesce D02430/0222:150
J. Slavin D00010/0023:461
J. Staal C01035/5414:020
A. Svechnikov LW10140/0014:460
T. Teravainen RW01120/0019:100
L. Wallmark C00-104/5011:142
J. Williams RW00131/0011:581
T. van Riemsdyk D00020/0018:150
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
L. Domingue (L)315260.83957:56
GOALIESSA
L. Domingue (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)372350.94659:58
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)37
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
NJ21-26-10
1012
CAR33-21-3
2125
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Anderson RW10030/0010:351
J. Bratt LW00-200/0014:210
W. Butcher D00-200/0019:131
B. Coleman LW00031/0218:482
A. Greene D00-210/0018:400
N. Gusev RW01050/0019:500
J. Hughes C00-132/6015:170
N. Merkley RW01030/0011:252
M. Mueller D10010/0017:080
K. Palmieri RW00-150/1015:330
K. Rooney C00026/3010:460
D. Severson D00-230/0024:060
W. Simmonds RW00-110/1217:360
P. Subban D00-120/0021:002
C. White D00110/0013:100
M. Wood LW00-210/0015:320
P. Zacha LW00-235/8019:070
T. Zajac C01007/8015:570
Total2303721/274-8
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C01129/4018:411
R. Dzingel LW00-100/0012:473
J. Edmundson D10030/0215:431
H. Fleury D01000/0018:204
W. Foegele RW10010/0013:550
J. Gardiner D00310/0017:460
E. Haula C00316/7017:231
B. McGinn LW00-210/0013:083
M. Necas RW11222/0013:510
N. Niederreiter LW11320/0015:020
B. Pesce D02430/0222:150
J. Slavin D00010/0023:461
J. Staal C01035/5414:020
A. Svechnikov LW10140/0014:460
T. Teravainen RW01120/0019:100
L. Wallmark C00-104/5011:142
J. Williams RW00131/0011:581
T. van Riemsdyk D00020/0018:150
Total5803127/218-17
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
L. Domingue (L)315260.83957:56
GOALIESSA
L. Domingue (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)372350.94659:58
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)37
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
NJ21-26-10
1012
CAR33-21-3
2125
TEAM STATS
3.26
GF AVG
4.04
GA AVG
.68
Power Play
3.26
GF AVG
2.91
GA AVG
.69
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.